Saturday, January 24, 2009

Kate Hansen Day

The wonderful Chick-fil-A owners, Greg and Laurie Mapoles, hosted another Kate Hansen Day today. We were very happy with the response and hope that a great deal of money was raised for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Thank you to all of our friends from Team-in-Training, Briarlake Elementary, church and our neighborhood that came out to support the event. Kate felt very good knowing that the proceeds were going to help find a cure for leukemia.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Monthy Dosing

Kate's clinic day, for January, fell on the New Year holiday, so we were rescheduled for the 5th. This clinic day brought on another lumbar puncture, IVIg transfusion, Pentamadine and Vincristine. I never cease to be amazed by how well she does with the lumbar puncture. She is drugged, but definitely awake and while she feels the pokes she cooperates. That is a lot more than I can say for my patients!
Kate really looks forward to the alone time with me and so I was concerned about how she would feel about bringing Emmett along. Gratefully, Kate doesn't put Ava and Emmett in the same category, because she exclaimed, "I get to be with him the whole day" when I told her that I needed to bring Emmett to the hospital. Whereas she repeatedly asked me "when was somebody coming to get Ava" the last time I brought her. I didn't make that mistake again once it dawned on me that those hours in the clinic are all about Kate (as it should be)! She needed me to be focusing on her and thankfully Emmett cooperated with the plan.

We were a little surprised to see her counts lower this month. She had an ANC of 670 which is hovering right around the hospitalization number. We weren't sure if her constant cold was the reason or not but we just going to pray for no fevers. Kate just keeps on going no matter what and that gives us comfort. Until the 29th...

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Kate's First Tooth

Kate lost her first tooth on December 31st! A few days before that, we noticed that her two bottom teeth were poking out a bit and then realized that her permanent teeth had come in behind her baby teeth. So we encouraged her to wiggle those baby teeth and wiggle she did. She could hardly wait until today when she could go to school and share the big news with her class. (Apparently, losing a tooth is a VERY big thing in her 1st grade class. Ranks right up there with meeting Miley Cyrus I think.)

Unfortunately, the tooth fairy couldn't get with it and kept forgetting to pick up the tooth and deliver the cash. So, last night Kate followed her Dad's suggestion and wrote a note to the tooth fairy.It worked and she was all smiles when she woke up this morning!